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Grants to Maryland Nonprofit Organizations in Eligible Locations for Arts Programming and Organizational Support

General Operating Grant (GOG)


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Geographic Focus
USA: Maryland: Allegany County

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/30/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Maryland nonprofit arts organizations in eligible locations for organizational support. Funding is intended to assist with general operational expenses, arts-related programming, and capital improvements. Funded events and programs must be open to the general public. Eligible applicants are based in Allegany County.
General Operating Grants support the daily operations of arts agencies and are intended to fill critical funding gaps that often limit arts organizations in paying professional staff, managing facilities, or in pursuing capital improvements.
Applications that address the Allegany Arts Council Strategic Goals will be given special consideration. The goals outline the work of this organization and its grantees.
  1. Promoting awareness, appreciation, and engagement in the arts.
  2. Supporting local artists and arts organizations.
  3. Sustaining Arts Council operations.
  4. Promoting health and well-being through the arts.
  5. Contributing to economic development through the arts. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
General Operating Grants support the daily operations of arts agencies.

Eligibility requirements:
- Grantees must be non-profit (or eligible for IRS tax-exempt status), and based in Allegany County with programming and business conducted in Allegany County.
- By-laws must provide that assets do not accrue to any director, officer, or member of the organization.
- GOG funds may not be used for fundraising events or social functions. Note that this is an Allegany Arts Council policy and that the Maryland State Arts Council does not match capital improvement.

Organizations that received funding in the previous fiscal year must complete a Final Grant Report in order to be eligible for funding.

Programs that proselytize for specific political actions or religious beliefs are not eligible for funding.

Pre-Application Information
The deadline to apply for FY2023-24 funding is June 30, 2023.

Funds are generally awarded by by mid-August of each year.

The Arts Council is willing to offer technical assistance to organizations or individuals who have not previously applied for grant funding. To schedule an appointment, please contact staff.

In order to stimulate rather than replace community support, a 1:1 cash match is required (i.e., GOG grant funding may not exceed 1/2 of the proposed program budget). Funds from the Maryland State Arts Council are not allowed as part of this match.

Estimated Size of Grant
Organizations are eligible to apply for a maximum of $3,500 annually.

Term of Contract
Funding is for activities occurring July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024.

Contact Information
Submit applications to:
Allegany Arts Council
9 N. Centre St.
Cumberland, MD 21502

To schedule an appointment for technical assistance, please contact or 301.777.2787.

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